Doctor of Osteopathy

Top Sports Medicine Osteopathic Doctor in the Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego, CA.

What is a DO?

A doctor of Osteopathic Medicine use a unique whole-person approach to medicine. Dr. Shounuck Patel specializes in both Interventional Orthopedics & Regenerative Sports Medicine, but first and foremost, he is an Osteopathic Physiatrist.

The Difference of a DO

There are two types of fully licensed physicians in the U.S. – MD’s and DO’s. Osteopathic (DO) and Allopathic (MD) medical schools are both 4 years long including didactic lectures and clinical training, and afterwards, both types of physicians require post-graduate internship/residency in which DOs and MDs often train side by side. Dr. Patel completed Osteopathic medical school and an internship, followed by an Allopathic specialty residency in physiatry and a sub-specialty fellowship in sports medicine & pain management, where he trained alongside MDs.

Throughout medical school, on top of the same science courses and clinical rotations as MDs, DOs also have additional training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). OMT involves the hands-on diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal system, and includes manipulation treatments with some similarities to chiropractic, physical therapy and other manual therapy techniques. As you can imagine, OMT is a valuable tool for a physician dealing with patients that have orthopedic injuries.

Osteopathic Philosophy:

From day 1 of medical school, DOs are ingrained with a fundamental philosophy called the Osteopathic Tenets: 

  • The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit. 

  • The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.

  • Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. 

  • Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function. 

Benefits of Osteopathic Care

Osteopathic medicine can provide all of the benefits of modern medicine such as prescription drugs, and surgery and also has the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of holistic treatment known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. These tenets are what guide Dr. Patel’s OMT as well as his overall practice in physiatry and interventional regenerative orthopedic medicine. While the idea of treating the whole body as a unit is what first captivated Dr. Patel with Osteopathic medicine, the tenet that structure & function are interrelated is fundamental in his practice as a Physiatrist. The concept that the body is capable of self-healing is the driving force behind his clinical focus in Regenerative Medicine. Overall, OMM and the Osteopathic philosophy contribute to a DO’s comprehensive approach to patient care. 


Dr. Shounuck Patel, DO is a leader in the field of orthopedic regenerative medicine.


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